Blending Together At Holliday

Tons of offensive weapons return for the Holliday Eagles in 2012.

Dual-threat senior quarterback Jacob Cole threw and ran for more than 1,100 yards last season, scoring 20 touchdowns on offense. He's joined by experienced runningback Sam Shirley and wide receiver Cameron Englishbee.

"We have a lot of good guys that make plays," he said. "We're just hoping to get each other the ball."

One of the biggest questions for the team comes up front, with four new starters on the offensive line.

"With our younger guys, we've really got to keep pushing them as hard as we can," head coach Cody Patton said. "(We have to) keep letting them know how important they are to the team and how much their teammates are counting on them."

First-year starting left guard Jacob Ficklin says he's excited for the upcoming challenge. He know how important the relationship between the boys with the ball and the boys in the trenches is.

"If you don't get along with your guys, you're not going to want to protect them," he said.

Both Jacob's, Cole and Ficklin, say there's no better feeling than making a hole up front with the chance for a touchdown.

Another question, Patton takes over for long-time head coach Terry Wolf, who led the team to the state quarterfinals in seven of his 11 seasons.

Patton's no stranger to the program and his players though. He's been with the team as defensive coordinator since 2006.

"He's always been a big motivator for us," Cole, who play safety on defense, said.

The 2011 defense pitched a district shutout, not allowing one single point in league play all season. Patton says he's taking the same approach with his young defense as his young offensive line.

"We're going to get them in there, going from whistle to whistle, everyone getting to the ball," he said. "When all 11 guys are doing that, good things are going to happen on defense."

If Holliday is going to continue its tradition of success, veterans and new players in new roles will have to blend together smoothly.

"If we're not all on the same page, we're not going to be successful," Patton said.

Holliday 2012 Schedule

9/01 vs. Van Alstyne (at Allen Eagle Stadium)
9/07 vs. Windthorst
9/14 at Hirschi
9/21 vs. Vernon
9/28 vs. Munday
10/12 vs. Henrietta
10/19 at Alvord
10/26 vs. Nocona
11/02 vs. City View
11/09 at Jacksboro